Maurice Hayes is convinced that there’s been a substantial change in the character of the DUP’s political project. And the paper’s editorial confirms this perception viewed in the long term.”Any settlement involving Sinn Fein in government will be a hard sell for the DUP leadership – impossible if it does not have the Doc’s thumb print on it – which is why his presence in Dublin is so important and so significant. The visit too, the fact that it was pre-announced and the general public and political welcome in Dublin is another benchmark in the normalisation of politics in the North. It was a business meeting. People came to do business, not to bluster and the evidence suggests that that is what they did”.
The Examiner is worried about Sinn Fein’s concerns over the DUP’s proposed changes.
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